For those of you wanting to know more about PLNs (Professional Learning Networks) – what, why, who, how – or using Twitter or moving from lurking in an online community to sharing, this is the month to jump in and discover. The US Department of Education is celebrating online communities of practice for educators. This event occurs annually during the month of October and engages educators across the world. Last night I was in a webinar of 20 people and 8 came from countries other than the US. What an opportunity to learn!
If you have tried anything new this month related to technology in education (yours or your students’), here are a few sites to help get you started.
Connected Educators: Learn more about the initiative and the resources. Find the event calendar for the month here. Sign up and be amazed with the email of daily opportunities to learn and interact with colleagues from around the world. The event calendar is here.
common sense media: If you need to narrow the focus of your participation this month, zero in on Digital Citizenship Week, October 21-25. Learn more about how to engage your stakeholders in being “smart” online.
Edutopia has compiled a great resource list for the month to support novices through experts in the rapidly expanding world of PLNs.
For example, paper.li is a great way to find the latest news on a topic of interest to YOU. Imagine having a personalized newspaper delivered to you daily or weekly. One of my favorites is #Satchat Daily compiled by Brad Currie, a connected middle school dean. You might also be interested in his #Satchat Twitter chat for school leaders every Saturday morning 7:30-8:30 AM EST. Or you might be interested in the topic of assessment literacy and look for the Assessment Literacy Digest, which is a relatively new paper.
Or if you already spend time on Pinterest for more personal and fun interests (I like doors and travel, myself), consider expanding to look at things related to our profession. Follow Edutopia, for example. And by all means, check out a couple of my favorite communities – Powerful Learning Practice (PLPnetwork) and edWeb.
Oh, and hit me up on Twitter – @kdyer13. Looking forward to connecting with you!
Take a minute and share here what you are doing for CEM.
Glad to have you as part of my PLN!